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I have 2 boys aged 6 and 8. They LOVE having friends over, so this year ive made it my mission to do lots of fun days at home and invite their friends over for a play.
This will happen on the end of year school holidays. I have a decent sized backyard, half grass half concrete. What are some awesome activities that can be done? Itll be hot, so water play is ok.
Im very into art and craft with my kids and am known as “the fun mum” to my boys’ friends (yes im very proud of that title) so was wanting some great things to do.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions ????

Posted anonymously, 8th October 2016

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  • Playing soccer or basketball is always fun.

  • You could arrange a little treasure hunt too!!

  • Play-dough always looked like a nice activity to me. With boys and girls! :-)

  • Mine love those she’ll pools for a bit of extra fun play on the water by adding bubble bath dish detergent and they have a bubble pool

  • My children always loved playing \’statues\’. Old school game where they run around until someone yells \’stop.\’ They all must stand like a statute, it usually ends up with the giggles. The last child standing is the winner!

  • Our favorite things to do in summer is going to all the free kid free festivals more of a bonus if they have fireworks. We have a kayak so we go down to the river and have a swim and a paddle. We like to explore new beaches. Have picnics by the river. Catch ups at the park. Perth is a beautiful city and so many things to see and do.

  • Taking the kids to the beach is always the most fun in the summertime.

  • I’d make a waterslide out of some tarp and liquid detergent! so much fun and can spend hours doing it!

  • A great game that I played with my kids, was the Detective Game. Write out the alphabet on each piece of paper, for each child. As you walk around the yard, the neighbourhood, and/or shopping centre, you try to find things starting with each letter. I even love this game :)

  • So many fun things to do outside. If you’re known as a fun mum, I’m sure you’ll have no problem thinking of activities.

  • Fill balloons with plastic toys, fill with water and then freeze. Kids use a water pistol at the frozen ball to melt the ice cube and free the toy

  • Water fights, sprinkles there’s lots of different fun types out there, slip n sides, chalk drawings, backyard cricket, water bombs, chalk bombs, paint bombs,

  • If you have a sandpit you could make a treasure hunt/dig. I did this once with my kids. I bought a couple of bags of chocolate coins and buried them in our sandpit. They had so much funny digging them up. I also found a small wooden chest at a $2 shop and put a small toy in it and buried that too.
    Another sandpit idea is to make a volcano. make a ‘mountain’ with a bottle in the middle with the top exposed. Put some bi-carb soda in the botttle. When you are ready for the ‘eruption’ pour some vinegar into the bottle.
    Give them a bucket of soapy water and let them wash their teddies’ clothes.
    Or if you can park the car out the back – let them wash the car.
    Allocate a piece of the garden as a space for them. Show them how to take cuttings, plant out seedlings etc. Another day you can all make a scarecrow. Collect sticks to make mini garden trellis, fences and plant supports.
    Use long bamboo sticks tied together at the top, spirally wrap string around it then get them to use small branches, (best when you have just pruned the garden,) to weave in and out to cover their tee pees.
    Make a small pond out of a large plant saucer. Decorate the edges with pebbles, interesting, small logs and little plants. Create a rock statue in the middle of your pond.

  • Have you seen the Nature Passports? They are fabulous: http://passport.natureplay.org.au/ My three children: aged 11 (boy), 8 (boy) and 6 (girl) love going through and choosing their nature missions and completing them together. They don’t always play nicely (can turn into a competition) but it gets them out, and about, and enjoying nature. Well worth it!

  • I agree with the waterparks. They have free entry in Darwin, my daughters loved it while we were there on holidays!

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